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Pair can shine for U21s - Tim

Posted on 11 June 2011  - 12:00

Tim Sherwood is backing Danny Rose and Kyle Walker to make an impact at the European Under-21 Championship Finals.

Pair can shine for U21s - Tim

Tim Sherwood is backing Danny Rose and Kyle Walker to make an impact at the European Under-21 Championship Finals.

The flying full-backs are with Stuart Pearce’s England squad for the finals in Denmark and kick-off against tournament-favourites Spain in a mouth-watering opening group match on Sunday.

And it’s quite possible that they could both line-up against Spain, not least with Arsenal left-back Kieron Gibbs withdrawing through injury.

Danny made a real impression at left-back at the end of last season.

Handed his chance by Harry Redknapp following injury to Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Gareth Bale, Danny started our final four games and was outstanding in huge matches against City and Liverpool as we clinched fifth place in the table.

Meanwhile, Kyle also caught the eye on loan in the Premier League at Villa in the second half of last season where he played 15 matches.

“Danny will benefit from the games he had at the end of the season, when he got himself into the team at left-back,” said Tim, our Technical Co-Ordinator, who kept a close eye on Danny, Kyle and the rest of our development players out on loan last term.

“I remember sitting next to Stuart Pearce at one of those games and he liked him at left-back.

“He’s a real talent and played well at the end of the season. He had success in that role and now he’s the automatic cover for Benoit. He’s got a real opportunity to play.

“Kyle is a quality right-back and will come back next season to challenge for a place in the team.

“I can’t see too many better right-backs in the country at the moment than Kyle, especially if you are looking to push full-backs on. That’s the modern way to play.

“Obviously I’m a little biased, but I think they should both be in the team.”

England’s opener against Spain kicks-off at 7.45pm on Sunday.